By Tech. Sgt. Terri Paden, 15th Wing Public Affairs
The Air Force has a zero tolerance policy on drug use. There are several programs in place that help educate and prevent Airmen from deliberately using drugs. However, many Airmen may not realize the policy extends to the unintentional ingestion of drugs as well.
Of particular concern are hemp plant seeds, or cannabis, which is commonly used for fiber in clothing, rope, paper, etc., as well as for nutritional, medicinal and recreational purposes. More specifically, the ingredient can commonly be found in body lotion, vodka and snack foods such as yogurt and granola bars.
Department of Defense policy 1010.01 specifically names marijuana, “synthetic cannaboids” and controlled substances, which include THC, as prohibited.
While each service’s policy on the matter may differ, the Air Force policy is clear: any consumption of these products is forbidden.
“Hemp seeds and hemp seed oil contain various levels of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, which is detectable under the Air Force drug testing program,” said Special Agent
Johnny Brady, Air Force Office of Special Investigations Detachment 601.
Brady said it is Airmens’ responsibility to be informed about Air Force policies and to know what they mean and how they apply.
“It is recommended that everyone check the ingredients in the products they consume,” he said. “Claiming that consumption of yogurt with hemp seeds, for example, caused a positive urinalysis result is not an acceptable excuse. Further, he or she could still be charged under Article 112a, wrongful use or possession of controlled substances, following a positive urinalysis result.”